Wentworth Falls Lookout
(0km) Wentworth Falls Lookout → Int of Sir H. Burrell Drive and Princes Rock Track
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steps, following the ‘Car Park’ arrow. The track soon passes a sign pointing back to ‘Princes Rock Lookout’ and comes to the footpath on the side of Sir H. Burrell Drive.
(0.18km) Int of Sir H. Burrell Drive and Princes Rock Track → Jamison Lookout
(0.32km) Jamison Lookout → Int of Den Fenella and Undercliff Tracks
(0.7km) Int of Den Fenella and Undercliff Tracks → Den Fenella Lookout
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Den Fenella’ sign along the lower track, keeping the creek to the left. The track soon begins to go down very steeply (can be slippery) between the handrails and rock wall. The track then crosses the creek at the stepping stones below the cascades (the creek may be impassable after rain). On the other side of the creek, the walk heads down the steps to come to a bridge below the bigger Den Fenella Fall. From the Den Fenella Fall, this walk crosses the metal bridge and continues along the cliff edge along the fence-lined track. After heading down some steps, the track ends at a fenced point with great views across the valley.
Den Fenella Lookout
(0.78km) Den Fenella Lookout → Int of Overcliff and Den Fenella Lookout Track
(0.86km) Int of Overcliff and Denfenella Lookout Track → Int of Den Fenella and Undercliff Tracks
(0.87km) Int of Den Fenella and Undercliff Tracks → Princes Rock
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Princes Rock’ sign up the steps, away from the Undercliff Walk. This track climbs up, passing by a great fenced view over to Mt Solitary and the valley to the right. Soon, the walk comes to an intersection, with a sign pointing back to the ‘Undercliff Track 100m’.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill following the ‘Princes Rock Lookout 200m’ sign along the wide track. Very soon, the walk comes to an intersection with another track (on the left – which was closed at time of writing).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down the gentle hill towards the cliffs and the fenced (unsignposted) Princes Rock Lookout.
(1.42km) Princes Rock → Wentworth Falls Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill along the clear track for a short distance before coming to an intersection, with a sign pointing back to ‘Princes Rock Lookout 200m’.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steps away from ‘Princes Rock Lookout’. The track soon heads across a large rock platform with steps carved in it and then, following the track back into the bush, the walk passes an old drinking trough (not suitable for drinking). After heading up more log steps, the track comes to a three-way intersection, with a small sign pointing back to ‘Princes Rock Lookout’.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Wentworth Falls Lookout’ arrow up the steps as the track bends right. The track soon passes an old water trough on the left (not suitable for drinking). Soon after this, the track comes to Wentworth Falls Lookout (next to Sir H. Burrell Drive).
Maps for the Wentworth Falls Lookouts Loop walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 300m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 180m is flat with no steps and the remaining 150m is very steep.
Quality of track
820m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 590m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (270m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 1.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 440m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 1.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 530m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 1.5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 150m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
920m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 620m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (150m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
From Wentworth Falls Picnic area, this walk explores some great lookouts and their vistas. The views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and the Kings Tableland are simply spectacular. This walk goes down a moderate slope, along a well-managed track to Princes Rock Lookout. Take your time on the walk back up and consider a picnic lunch back at the picnic area
Total climbing: 61m
746 m Return
Starting at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, this walk explores the drier bushland before following Den Fenella Creek into the small canyon. The walk heads downstream along the track with some steep stairs. The walk visits beautiful cascading waterfalls before coming to a great lookout over the Jamison Valley. The cooler temperatures at the lower end of this walk are very welcome on hot days. Enjoy the waterfall one more time before returning to the picnic area.
Total climbing: 130m
926 m Return
This picturesque walk goes down to the cliffs at Den Fenella Lookout, this changing from dry bushland to temperate rain forest along the way. With a short but quite slippery path down to the lookout and then up to Princes Rock, walkers will see how beautiful the Jamison Valley really is. It is worthwhile taking a break on the rockshelf at Princes Rock to enjoy the view of the cascading Wentworth Falls before heading back up to the car park.
Total climbing: 106m
1.3 km Circuit
2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
2.2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Starting at Wentworth Falls picnic area, this scenic and historic walk explores many waterfalls, lookouts and cliff edges. The walk covers a large number of steps and runs beside fenced cliff edges, so walkers will need to be fit, and also comfortable with heights. After visiting some grand waterfalls, this walk follows the cliff line, then visits another series of lovely falls in the upper Valley of the Waters. After a few more lookouts, this walk brings you to the Conservation Hut, a great spot for a picnic or cafe meal.
Total climbing: 739m
3.6 km One way
Following the edge of the cliffs south of Wentworth Falls, this great walk features fantastic views of the cliffs and Jamison Valley. The walk visits some great lookouts, sandstone caves and the majestic Wentworth Falls. The Falls Picnic Area and Conservation Hut both make good spots to take a break. Make sure you duck your head passing through the caves on the Undercliff Track.
Total climbing: 399m
4 km Circuit
This walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding cliffs. Take time to explore the historic and very scenic ledge halfway down the cliffs. There are beautiful waterfalls at both ends and recent track maintenance has made this walk easier and more enjoyable. Allow time to soak up the wonders of the cliffs and waterfalls of this area before returning to Conservation Hut via the Shortcut Track.
Total climbing: 773m
4.6 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
This grand tour of the Wentworth Falls area explores many waterfalls, lookouts and cliff edges. The walk has a lot of steps and runs beside fenced cliff edges, so walkers will need to be fit and comfortable with heights. The walk explores the historic National Pass, Wentworth falls, the Valley of the Waters and many other highlights. There is an optional side trip to the Conservation Hut for lunch, before returning to the start via the Overcliff walk and Den Fennella. A great way to explore the majestic views.
Total climbing: 895m
5 km Circuit
This walk passes some stunning waterfalls and views into the Jamison Valley, following the cliff edges around Wentworth Falls. The walk also takes in many magnificent highlights away from the cliffs, including Weeping Rocks, Edinburgh Rock, Lillians Glen and Wentworth Falls. This is a great walk, with the option of a lunch stop at the scenic Conservation Hut restaurant.
Total climbing: 658m
8.9 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk from Wentworth Falls Station is a fantastic way to see a large majority of the Wentworth Falls cliffline. The track winds under and over the cliffs, giving different perspectives of the the Jamison Valley below and waterfalls along the way. Conservation Hut marks the turn-around point for this walk and is a great place to grab some lunch or a coffee for continuing back to the station.
Total climbing: 576m
9.4 km Circuit
This is a great walk, both in size and spectacular views. The walk makes its way from Wentworth Falls train station and drops off the plateau, passing the cliffs and waterfalls of the National Pass trail. The track passes many falls, with Empress Falls arguably the most stunning. The walk then heads up to Conservation Hut, a great spot for lunch before continuing along the Over- and Undercliff Tracks back to the train station. An excellent walk.
Total climbing: 1093m
10.2 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
From Wentworth Falls Lookout, this walk goes down to the top of the falls and then onto Rocket Point Lookout. The walk provides many different perspectives of the spectacular falls from the many viewing points along the way. The alternate route adds a nice loop, before returning along the same track.
Total climbing: 125m
1.3 km Return
1.5 km Return
This great walk visits Weeping Rock waterfall on Jamison Creek and enjoys the great views from Fletchers Lookout. The walk starts from Wentworth Falls picnic area and explores a number of the well maintained and signposted tracks. Weeping Rock is a peaceful spot well loved by photographers. The view from Fletchers Lookout includes Mount Solitary, Kings Tableland and Wentworth Falls, and is a great place to rest before the climb back up to the picnic area.
Total climbing: 88m
1.4 km Circuit
Largely following the ridges around the top edge of Wentworth Falls, this track is incredibly beautiful. After taking in the great views at Edinburgh Castle Rock, the trail descends into the valley. Lillian’s Glen makes for a perfect spot for a break, then the trail heads into the Valley of the Waters before making its way back up to Conservation Hut.
Total climbing: 238m
3.1 km Circuit
Featuring cascading waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and rugged rainforest, this walk demonstrates how much Wentworth Falls has to offer. It encompasses the beautiful falls in the Valley of the Waters, amazing views of Jamison Valley from the Historic National Pass and the cool forests of Wentworth Pass. Allow some time to watch and enjoy the cascading water at the bottom of Wentworth Falls.
Total climbing: 913m
4.8 km Circuit
1.9 km Circuit
1.1 km Return
This is a walk that engages the senses, from Conservation Hut into the Valley of the Waters. The walk starts off with coffee aromas from Conservation Hut and winds down through the inspiring bushland, with a number of views along the way. The turn-around point of Empress Lookout doesn’t have the greatest views but the sounds of Empress Falls roaring through the canyon are quite enjoyable.
Total climbing: 95m
762 m Return
950 m Circuit
This walk heads down to the top of the cliffs, overlooking Empress Falls and the lower Valley of the Waters. The track down through the heath is quite nice, although it is nearly all stairs. The view from Queen Victoria Lookout is a stunning one. The noise of the falls can also be heard from the lookout, however the falls themselves cannot been seen from the lookout.
Total climbing: 94m
696 m Return
While not as spectacular as other walks in the Wentworth Falls area, this walk is not without it’s charm. Going from Conservation Hut to the Falls Picnic Area, this track does provide a great access route between two popular picnic and eating locations, and access to many of the walks in the area.
Total climbing: 42m
1.1 km One way
Venturing into the canyon of the Valley of the Waters along a slippery winding track, this walk demonstrates the beauty of the deep valley of Wentworth Falls. This walk explores the upper section of the track as far as Wentworth Pass. The walk passes several waterfalls, a great highlight especially in early morning when the falls form a mist over the valley.
Total climbing: 303m
1.5 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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Special Maps/ brochures
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